Key Topics for Use in Interviews, Presentations
LATEST EXPORT RESULTS FOR BEEF, PORK AND LAMB
Full News Release
USMEF ANNUAL REPORT
The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available online.
USMEF STRATEGIC PLAN
At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.
In December 2015, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill that funded the federal government through September 2016. The bill included full funding of $200 million for the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, as authorized by the 2014 farm bill. These programs are subject to annual sequestration. Full funding for the MAP and FMD programs was also included in both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee markups of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill, but neither version has made it to the House or Senate floor for debate. Instead, Congress approved a continuing resolution (CR) that funded the federal government through Dec. 9, 2016.
UPDATE: Another short-term CR was approved on Dec. 9, 2016 which extends funding for federal programs through April 28, 2017. Although a government shutdown is not anticipated, Congress has only one week after returning from its Easter recess to pass legislation necessary to keep federally funded programs operating. USMEF members are encouraged to contact legislators and urge their continued support of the MAP and FMD programs. We will post further updates on the FY 2017 budget process as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: USDA recently announced allocation of $173.5 million in Market Access Program (MAP) funding for the 2017 fiscal year. He also announced $26.6 million in allocations under the USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. More details are available in this USDA news release.
USDA also recently announced the results of an updated study examining the effectiveness of agricultural export development programs funded under the farm bill, including the MAP and FMD programs, from 1977 through 2014. The study found that these programs contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year (a total of more than $309 billion) to U.S. farm export revenue, and identified a 28-to-1 return on investment from these programs.
UPDATE: On Feb. 28, 2017, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the MAP and FMD Programs. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. More details from the hearing are available online.
CURRENT TRADE TOPICS
Meat Inspection Investigation in Brazil
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Other Trade Agreements
Trade with South Africa
Vietnam’s Proposed Changes to Import MRLs
Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement
BEEF ACCESS ISSUES
China Lifted Import Ban, but More Steps Remain
U.S. and Brazil Resume Beef Trade
U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand
WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia
Mexico Grants Duty-free Access for Imported Beef
Saudi Arabia Reopens to U.S. Beef
PORK ACCESS ISSUES
EU Pork Access to Russia
Chile and Peru
Codex Guidelines for Trichinae
CSF Rule for Mexico
LAMB ACCESS ISSUES
Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets
CORN AND SOYBEANS
How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports
USMEF MISSION AND FUNDING
USMEF Funding Overview
Notes, Reminders when Speaking to Media